Patrick Bayer

Senior Lecturer in International Relations

University of Strathclyde


I am a Senior Lecturer in International Relations in the School of Government & Public Policy and Chancellor’s Fellow in the Center for Energy Policy at the University of Strathclyde. I am also a Fellow at the Initiative for Sustainable Energy Policy (ISEP), Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and Associated Researcher at the Centre for the Political Economy of Reforms at the University of Mannheim.

My research focuses on central questions in international cooperation and the political economy of environmental politics and energy policy. Current projects include work on the political economy of carbon markets, formal and statistical models of climate treaties, environmental cooperation through financial incentives, and climate politics in times of Brexit.

My work was published, among others, in the Journal of Politics, the Journal of Conflict Resolution, Energy Economics, PNAS, and Science Advances. My book on Escaping the Energy Poverty Trap was published with MIT Press in 2018 and offers the first comprehensive political science account of energy poverty. I have written for The Washington Post‘s Monkey Cage, VoxDev, and ISEP. My work has been covered by The Economist.

Latest Publications

(2020). The European Union Emissions Trading System Reduced CO2 Emissions Despite Low Prices. Forthcoming with PNAS. [PDF].

(2020). The Need for Impact Evaluation in Electricity Access Research. Energy Policy 137: 111099. [PDF] [Data and code].


  • International Institutions and Regimes (spring 2020, graduate) [Syllabus]

  • Global Energy Politics and Policy (spring 2021, graduate)


Dr Patrick Bayer
University of Strathclyde
School of Government & Public Policy
McCance Building, Room #415
16 Richmond Street
Glasgow, G1 1QX
Scotland, UK
Email: patrick.bayer@strath.ac.uk
Office: +44(0)141/548-2114